Retired teachers to meet
The Retired Teachers of Orange County will meet at 11 a.m., Feb. 8 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 40l 37th St.
The program will be on health issues with the emphasis on stroke prevention and cardiovascular diseases.
Snacks will be provided by February hostesses.

Mardi Gras T-shirts

The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce has 2010 Mardis Gras T-shirts for sale. This year’s theme is “Loose Yourself at Mardi Gras on the Sabine.” Prices are $15 for one shirt and $25 for two.

Business loan workshop

The Lamar State College-Port Arthur Small Business Development Center will present a free Jan. 26 workshop on strategies for obtaining business loans.
James Evans, director of the University of Houston Hurricane Recovery Center, will lead attendees through the critical steps they need to be a strong loan candidate. Evans has more than 25 years experience in banking and finance, and is an expert in helping small business owners find funding for their businesses.
The workshop will cover everything from assessing the current lending environment to putting a loan package together to powerfully persuading a bank that your business is a sound investment.
The workshop runs from 1-3 p.m. at the Lamar State SBDC, 1401 Procter St. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, or more information, call 984-6531 or e-mail

Cancer benefit

In a joint effort between three organizations at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, the sixth annual Locks of Love drive is underway.
The Family Career Community Leaders of America, Future Teachers Association and the Cosmetology Program will host the event for the group that makes wigs for young cancer patients.
To donate hair, appointments may be made by calling 886-5821, ext. 1730. Haircuts will be given Feb. 18 by certified stylists.

Mystery dinner theater

The Kirby-Hill House educational foundation’s 17th-season Murder Mystery Dinner Theater will present “Murder Me Once” at 7 p.m Feb. 20 and 26, and March 12, at the Kirby-Hill House Mansion, 210 W. Main St. in Kountze. A 5 p.m. Sunday matinee will be March 14. The play is written by John Rustan and Frank Semerano and used by special arrangement with the Samuel French group. Admission is $55. For tickets, call (409) 246-8000 or e-mail
Admission includes a meal, complimentary wine, shrimp and smoked salmon hors d’oeuvres. Prizes include a grand prize, door prizes and an award for the best dressed guest in vintage 40s fashions. Checks, VISA and MasterCard accepted.

LC-M bonfire reset
Because of recent excessive rainfall, Little Cypress-Mauriceville Project Safe Graduation has rescheduled the Senior Bonfire. The new date is Feb. 13.

Monday Night Math 
West Orange-Stark Middle School math teachers invite parents of WO-S MS students to attend Monday Night Math sessions which are offered monthly throughout the school year.
The next session will be Feb. 8. Other sessions will be March 22, April 12 and May 3. 
WO-SMS math teachers will meet with parents to answer questions relating to math concepts. The goal of the sessions is to assist parents in helping their children with math homework by reviewing math skills. The information will also be useful to parents in helping their student prepare for the TAKS test.
Monday Night Math session will be held from 5-6 p.m. in designated classrooms located on the first floor of the Stark Building. Parents will meet in the cafeteria for a brief time and then report to classrooms.
No children or students will be allowed to attend these “Parent Only” sessions.
Red Hot Flashers MG party

The Red Hot Flashers of Orange will meet at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 28 at Madame Rebecca’s home for a Mardi Gras party. Marcie Baca is the birthday princess of the month. Members are asked to bring a salad and a door prize. For more information, call 746-2004.

‘Get Wild with the Bears’
   The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Spring Pep Rally will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the LC-M football field. LC-M’s spring sports programs will be recognized. The concession stand will be open.

Business Expo is Thursday
Houston businessman and motivational speaker Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale will be the keynote speaker at the 2010 Southeast Texas Business Expo, sponsored by the Greater Beaumont and Greater Port Arthur Chambers of Commerce Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center. Admission and parking are free.
The expo will also include a celebrity “meet and greet,” entertainment and door prizes. The Beaumont and Port Arthur Small Business Development Centers will be on-site to help to provide business plans for small businesses. Several agencies geared toward assisting new companies get the financing they need to get started will also be at the expo as well. Visit with hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of potential customers. Booth space is limited.
This is the seventh year the chambers have joined forces to present the premier business event for Southeast Texas. They first combined their individual business showcases in 2003 to offer a bigger and better Business Expo. Now, it’s the largest business trade show in Southeast Texas!
For more information, call Brandi Miller at 838-6581 or e-mail

Paranormal conference slated for March
The Texas Ghost Sho, hosted by the Texas Society of Paranormal Investigators is scheduled for March 13 at the Beaumont Civic Center, 701 Main St., Beaumont. Guests include Brian Harnois of “Ghost Hunters” and “GHI,” “Ghostman of Galveston” Dash Beardsley, Father Andrew Calder from “Paranormal State,” Cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard from “Monster Quest”, “Oprah of the Paranormal” Ericka Boussarhane, Brian and Anna Marie of ParaXRadio’s “Ghostology,” author and paranormal investigator, Larry Flaxman with ARPAST, author and psychic healer, Dr. Rita Louise and more.
Tickets are $20 general admission, $35 with lunch and VIP tickets for $75. For tickets got to
A special $79 room rate is available at the MCM Elegante Hotel with group code TXSPI.
Booth space is still available for $75.
For more information, or to rent a booth, call Don Dennis at (409) 553-4456.

WO council meeting reset

The Jan. 11 meeting of the West Orange City Council has been canceled. The next meeting will be Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Alumni basketball Feb. 6

The Third Annual Glenn Pearson Alumni Basketball Game will be at 5p.m. Feb. 6 at Bridge City High School. Family, friends, and all Cardinal fans are invited to come watch all the exes as they try to get up and down the court. The game will pit odd year graduates versus even year graduates in a showdown for bragging rights.
Anyone wishing to play in the game needs to e-mail Coach Tony Knight at:

MCT annual meeting

MCT Credit Union will hold its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Port Neches Elementary.
There will be door prizes and giveaways.

LC Lions Valentine’s dance
The Little Cypress Lions Annual Charity Valentine’s dance will be Feb. 13 from 7 p.m.-midnight at the VFW Post in Orange on Texas 87, one mile north of Interstate 10. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, available at the Jumping Bean, Lucy’s Cafe or Dixie Glass in Orange. Food and drinks will be served and entertainment will be by the John Thibodeaux Band.

AARP offers tax assistance

The AARP Tax Filing Assistance Program will be offered starting 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Orange Public Library. Trained volunteers will be available from 1-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through April 14 and on Thursday, April 15. Anyone seeking assistance should bring the following:
• All W-2 and 1099 forms including Social Security Benefits statements
• Records of Capital Gains and Losses.
• Receipts of medical expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, contributions, casualty and theft losses, job expenses, sales tax receipts for major purchases and Social Security cards for dependents. Also a copy of their 2008 tax return. (A copy of the 2008 tax return is very helpful to the volunteers assisting in the preparation of the 2009 return.)
Electronic filing will be available.

Support offered for sexual assault survivors
The Rape and Suicide Crisis Center of Southeast Texas hosts a support group for female survivors of sexual assault at 5:30 p.m. first and third Wednesdays the Foundation of Southeast Texas in downtown Beaumont.
To RSVP or for more information, call the center at 832-6530.